Remembrance Day Tribute: The Last to Fall

In the late morning hours of November 11, 1918 the 28th North West Battalion, 6th Canadian Infantry Brigade, under heavy German machine gun fire, crossed the Canal du Centre into the Belgian town of Ville-sur-Haine.

The patrol, intent on finding the machine gunner who had harassed them during the crossing, moved toward a row of houses along the canal. They entered the first home, only to discover the Germans had fled out the back. The patrol pursued to the neighboring house, but again, they were too late, the Germans had fled.

A twenty-five year old Canadian soldier stepped out of the house onto the street and was fatally shot in the heart by a German sniper. His name was George Lawrence Price. The time was 10:58 AM, two minutes before the 11:00 AM armistice cease-fire to end the Great War.

Born and raised in Falmouth, Nova Scotia, George Lawrence Price was the last allied soldier to be killed in World War I.  His body was laid to rest at the St Symphorien military cemetery, just southeast of Mons, in Belgium.

In 1968, at the 50th anniversary of his death, surviving members of his battalion erected a plaque near the spot where he fell, which read:

To the memory of 256265 Private George Lawrence Price, 28th North West Battalion, 6th Canadian Infantry Brigade, 2nd Canadian Division, killed in action near this spot at 10.58 hours, November 11th, 1918, the last Canadian soldier to die on the Western Front in the First World War. Erected by his comrades, November 11th, 1968.

This November 11, please take a moment to remember all those who have fallen.

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Origins of the Easter Bunny


He lurks in the shadows . . . a fur covered creature . . . with long, sharp teeth, littering the landscape with painted eggs . . .

Like Christmas, Easter is a hybrid of pagan and Christian beliefs. In Christianity, Easter Sunday celebrates the resurrection of Christ and his ascension into heaven. For Pagans, Easter is a springtime ritual celebrating rebirth and new life, with rabbits (because of their prolific breeding habits) and eggs representing symbols of fertility. In fact, the word ‘Easter’ is derived from ‘Eostre’ the pagan goddess of fertility.

So we see how the rabbit and the eggs came together. But why are the eggs coloured? Precise origins are unknown, but many Eastern Orthodox Christians dye their Easter eggs red to symbolize the blood of Christ, while some pagans will dye their eggs green in honour of the emerging springtime foliage.

The concept of an egg-laying bunny came to North America in the 18th century when German immigrants to the Pennsylvania Dutch area told their children about ‘Osterhas’, or sometimes spelled ‘Oschter Haws’. Oschter means ‘Easter’ in German and ‘Hase’ means ‘hare’, not rabbit, so this Easter ‘Hare’ would bring good children colored eggs and place them in ‘nests’ the children had built in their caps or bonnets.

Happy Easter!

 

A little history on civic holidays across Canada


Across Canada, the first Monday in August is celebrated in many ways.

For a lot of us across this fine nation, the first Monday in August means a long weekend. But what are we celebrating and why does this ‘holiday’ exist? Well, in true Canadian fashion, it’s wonderfully eccentric. There really is no gallant or noble reason for the holiday other than to fill a holiday gap between Canada Day on July 1st, and Labor Day on the first Monday of September. And unlike most holidays, this one varies in name and status across the country.

BC: British Columbia Day (stat)
Alberta: Heritage Day (optional civic holiday)
Saskatchewan: Saskatchewan Day (stat)
Manitoba: Civic Holiday (not a stat)
New Brunswick: New Brunswick Day (stat)
Newfoundland & Labrador:  (not generally observed but is celebrated in St. John’s)
Nova Scotia: Natal Day (not a stat)
Nunavut: Civic Holiday (stat)
NW Territories: Civic Holiday (stat)
Ontario: (stat for federal/municipal governments, but not officially recognized by provincial gov.)
Toronto: Simcoe Day: Named after John Graves Simcoe, the first Lieutenant Governor of Upper Canada from 1791 to 1796
Ottawa: Colonel By Day: Named after Lieutenant Colonel John By, who supervised the construction of the
Rideau Canal;  basically founding the city of Ottawa
Prince Edward Island: Natal Day (not a stat)
Quebec: (not generally observed)
Yukon: (not generally observed)

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Ten Things Great Leaders Do

This video first ran in July 2011. 

Have you ever wondered why some people stay in the same job for years? So why aren’t all employees loyal to one employer for their entire careers?

Two words explain it: Great Leadership!

Here are ten things that great leaders do to engage their employees and keep them on staff:

  • They lead with humility and selflessness, putting the needs of their employees ahead of their own.
  • They work tirelessly, setting a great example for their team.
  • They support their workers when they have problems or get into trouble.
  • They listen constantly and consistently to their workers.
  • They respond immediately, openly and honestly when asked a question.
  • They do not play favourites and they treat everyone fairly.
  • They never show impatience or anger toward employees.
  • They never speak negatively about employees behind their backs.
  • They make good decisions for the business and for their workers.
  • They understand that every person is different and that no two people perform the same way.

A leader without long-term, engaged and devoted followers is just a lonely person with a title.

I’m Wayne Kehl from Dynamic Leadership.

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Strange Facts about Monday

Monday gets a bad rap, but is it just because it’s the beginning of another long work week?

The English noun Monday derived sometime around 1000 AD from the Old English word, monedæi, which literally translates to ‘moon’s day’.

Because of its association with the moon and the moon’s tendency to wax and wane, many cultures view Monday as unlucky and even as a day when people literally lose their minds. The Latin word for moon, luna, is the root word for the English term, ‘lunacy’.

In the Netherlands, Monday is the most popular day to commit suicide, call in sick and, oddly enough, surf the web (probably because people are home pretending to be sick.)

According to the British Medical Journal, there is a reported 20% increase in heart attacks on Mondays as opposed to the other days of the week.

Monday is often referred to as ‘Blue Monday’.  It is easy to assume this is because of people’s moods, but actually, back in the old days, Monday was traditionally set aside as laundry day, and ‘bluing’ was  a technique used to keep white clothes from becoming gray and dingy.

Monday’s reputation is no stranger to the pop music scene. The Bangles felt pretty frazzled in their 1986 hit song ‘Manic  Monday’;  the Mamas and the Papas were ‘cryin’ all the time’ when Monday came around, in their 1966 hit ‘Monday, Monday’; and the Boomtown Rats sang about a homicidal teenager in their 1979 hit ‘I don’t like Mondays’.

Incidentally, this song is based on the true story of Brenda Spencer, who, in 1979 at the age of 17, opened fire on an elementary school in San Diego, killing two men, injuring 8 students and a police officer. Asked why she did it, she responded, “I don’t like Mondays. This livens up the day.”

In an odd counter approach, in July 2002, PriceWaterhouseCoopers Consulting branch announced that it would spend $110 million to re-name itself  ‘Monday’ a move, according to the company, intended to denote fresh thinking and new beginnings, rather than the unwelcome start of the working week.

And speaking of that, there are 52 Mondays this year and 53 in the year 2012. If you are not a fan of Monday, don’t worry, there are six other days to choose from. Happy Monday everyone.

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Love this: Best Voicemail Ever Gives Hilarious Play-by-Play of Car Accident

Love this: Best Voicemail Ever Gives Hilarious Play-by-Play of Car Accident

When this guy calls his boss to tell him he’s running a little late, he witnesses a car accident and begins the best play-by-play commentary you’ll ever hear.

Right after the car accident happens, the caller states that a man gets out of his car as if the other car was at fault. What happens next is pure entertainment.

The witness leaves the literal blow-by-blow action to his boss while laughing hysterically.

Apparently this is the real deal, and how could it not be? This is too good to make up.

Rerun – By Tim Gray 95 ROCK

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